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EPA Unveils Clean Power Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just released its new plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, the first policy of its kind. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agen ...

We Can't Afford Dirty Energy: Thoughts on Turkey, Appalachia, and Humility
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

We can’t afford dirty energy. It’s costing precious lives. We need to respond to the wonders of God’s creation with humility and obedience to God’s will. Two weeks ago in Soma, Tu ...

Our Biggest Climate Change Policy Ever Looms
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

On June 2, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will unveil our biggest climate change policy ever. June 2 is going to be a big deal. Why? Because EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is ...

Rabbi Gutow Joins Climate Change Summit
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Press

May 22, 2014 Sojo in the News San Diego Jewish World ...

What Does Marco Rubio Believe About Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

If Sen. Rubio believes that humans aren’t causing climate change, who does he believe is? Does he believe that climate change is natural, perhaps an act of God? Why is it so diffi ...

Turning The Corner - Holiday Weekend Details - String Of 80s Next Week
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Press

May 21, 2014 Sojo in the News Paul Douglas ...

The Bible Calls For Moral Action On Climate Change
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Press

May 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Farmers, Ranchers, and Indigenous Communities Rally in D.C. to Stop Keystone Pipeline
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day), 24 farmers, ranchers, and leaders of indigenous communities rode to Washington, D.C. on horseback to launch the Reject & Protect campaign. On ...

Earth Week: A Witness To God's Glory
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Press

April 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Darren Aronofsky: I'm Not Religious, But the Environmental Messages in 'Noah' Are
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

Director Darren Aronofsky says he is not religious, and that his Russell Crowe blockbuster movie “Noah” is the “least-biblical biblical film ever made.” Director Darren Aronofsky ...

Earth Week: A Witness to God's Glory
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Creation therefore, is a witness to the wonder and awe of God. Although humanity has been given the honor of bearing God’s image, the earth shows God’s creativity and ingenuity. T ...

Why Environmentalism Is an Important Spiritual Discipline
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

Earth Day is often neglected by Christians because it’s not seen as an important issue — but what if environmentalism was essential to evangelism? In many ways, taking care of our environment is a direct form ...

Reject and Protect
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

This week, we finally had some good news in the fight against climate change: President Obama announced a further delay in the review process for the Keystone XL pipeline. Ed ...

Eating Greens to Keep the Earth Green
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

This week is Earth Week and as an intern community we are choosing to make concerted efforts to be greener in our choices to promote healthy bodies and ecosystems. Editor ...

Why Earth Week Matters
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

This year, Earth Day and Easter fall so close to each other that they almost touch. When we view Earth Day in the light of Easter, we’re urged to pick up our shovels and plant the seeds of creation’s resurrect ...

AUDIO: Watershed Discipleship Roundtable Discussion
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Ched Myers, Sara Stratton, Chris Grataski, and Sasha Adkins describe how they are connected to their local watersheds. ...

Beauty Exhaustion: Discipleship and Getting Outside
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

A disciple gets outside. And they do so because the God they are following is outside. And taking a walk with God every once in a while does something for the soul. St. Bonaventur ...

Praying for a Breakthrough on Climate Action
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

It’s when facing an obstacle of this magnitude that our faith matters most. As an outpouring of our faith, it is only natural to call upon God for wisdom and endurance, praying that we can fulfill our calling ...

VIDEO: What is a Watershed?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors What is a watershed? And why does it matter? All Americans live in an area serviced by one waters ...

Oil-Covered Birds, Andrew Bird, and a Chance for Redemption
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

We must move away from watching in horror briefly when an oil spill makes the news, and recognize that this is an ongoing problem. Andrew Bird is one of my favorite musicians. I l ...

Lent: Falling in Love With the Ordinary
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Food is the thing we all have in common, and with it, Jesus set forth the Eucharist. Is that enough for you to believe food is important? I'm one not given to joy. I'm ...

That Our Creation Care Would Also Fight Racism and Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/17/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the voices closest to the ground — where the injustices of sin layer themselves against creation and the vulnerable in a double-offensive? What more perfect a ...

Listen for the Groaning; Then Worship!
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Our addiction to consumption, our oil drills and oil spills, and our depleted uranium bullets whizzing through theaters of war in countries ravaged, torn apart — both the people and the land. Creation is groan ...

Four Ways to Talk About the Environment as an Evangelical
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

When facing a crisis, silence is certainly easiest. But silence isn’t best. As we face some very challenging environmental issues, evangelicals must learn to begin to discuss the environmental crisis with crea ...

The Fight for 'The Good Life'
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Last week, we Nebraskans celebrated sweet victory once again. The Feb. 19 ruling by Lancaster County judge Stephanie Stacy dealt a significant setback to the approval process of the 1,179-mile TransCanada pipe ...

Dear Sen. McCain, We Live on Earth, and Climate Change is Real
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

It’s time we all stopped thinking of climate change as a separate issue to deal with later and start seeing how it has the potential, like a weapon of mass destruction, to destroy all the efforts of our good w ...

Think Nothing Is Happening in Washington? It’s Decision Time on Climate
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

In the coming months, the Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants, and the Obama administration will make a final decision on the Keyston ...

STUDY: An Evangelical Call to Action on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors If you think it’s impossible to change evangelicals’ views on climate change, think again.  If yo ...

The Gospel According to Young-Earth Creationist Ken Ham
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

We don’t need to find pieces of Noah’s ark to know the gospel is true; we know the gospel is true because Jesus (remember him, Mr. Ham?) is risen and he lives in us. There was a m ...

Keystone XL: Ambiguity is the Enemy of Progress
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Having experienced the crisp June evenings of Minnesota as well as the asthma-inducing smog of Hong Kong, I know both the beauty of fresh air and green spaces and the dullness of pollution and gray skies. The ...

State Department's Final Review of Keystone XL: Negligible Impact?
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Looking at the immediate media coverage following the release of the review, many say it paves the way for the pipeline’s approval, because it finds no significant immediate impact on climate change. Pipeline ...

West Virginia: Where Energy Rules, Subjects Suffer
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The national exposure of the West Virginia chemical spill needs to be a catalyst for national pressure to protect our people from King Coal and his court. I’ll be upfront and admi ...

Congregations Turn to Compost for Lessons on Life, Death, and the Environment
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

The wheelbarrow outside the sanctuary was overflowing with vegetable scraps; decomposing matter filled the baptismal font; and a pile of rich brown soil replaced the Communion table. ...

8 Simple New Year's Resolutions for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

On the eve of 2014, why not plan your New Year’s resolutions around caring for God’s creation? Here are eight ideas for EcoResolutions. On the eve of 2014, why not plan your New Y ...

Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

As we patiently anticipate the light of Christ entering anew this Advent season, we must cling steadfastly to the hope we profess. For our help comes from the Lord, who ensures that hope ultimately triumphs ov ...

Religious Groups Rally Around U.N. Climate Talks in Warsaw
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

The latest United Nations climate summit got off to an unusually emotional start when Yeb Sano, the head delegate from the Philippines, issued a tearful plea at the opening plenary. ...

'Testifying to the Truth': EPA Testimonies (Part Two)
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

It is not only future generations that will bear the impacts of climate change. They are being felt now, most intensely by those populations around the world who are least able to cope with them. We must act w ...

A Problem with the Climate in Texas
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There is no part of this world that God is not aware of, cannot lay claim to, and does not rule. Christians affirm that as people of faith we’re called to be stewards over creation, answering one day for how w ...

Ellen Davis Unearths an Agrarian View of the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

With her gray hair tied neatly in a bun and her wire-rimmed glasses perched thoughtfully on her nose, Ellen Davis looks the part of a distinguished Bible scholar. With her gray ha ...

One Year Later, Examining Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

One year later, we reflect on reconstruction efforts post-Sandy. We also pause to assess the role of climate change, exacerbated by human actions, in the creation and severity of the storm. ...

Air Pollution Shuts Down Entire City
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city of Harbin in northern China earlier this week. Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city ...

Christians Making the Climate Discussion Their Own
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There’s a debate happening on The Christian Post, and we’re hearing more and more evangelical voices expressing concern over climate change. There’s a debate happening on The Chr ...

Why the Silence on U.S. Oil Spills?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

For the many stakeholders, including big business and politicians, the political and financial incentives to keep mum on spills and minimize media exposure carry incredible weight. And then it must be asked, w ...

SLIDESHOW: 'Rev. Riverkeeper' in Action
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dottie Yunger puts her faith into action as the Anacostia Riverkeeper. As Dottie Yunger writes in ...

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas: The Battle Over Science Textbooks
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks of hearings on science textbooks, there has been a strong push from anti-science activists and Creationists to weaken the teaching of not only evolution but climate change. ...

A 300-Mile Ride for Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 miles by bicycle over five days with 200 other climate activists. I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 mi ...

Surprising Stories of Climate Change Here in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

One of the obstacles to igniting a passion about climate change is that it feels so abstract; it feels like a future problem, a global problem. But it’s really a here and now problem. We took folks out on the ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that there are ecojustice issues here in the U.S. — but I was. I always thought of climate change as something that affected d ...

Building a Collective Identity: 'Drawing the Line' in Communities of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

I’ll offer up a humble suggestion to those who are stuck. What if we use the best of what our faith communities has to offer and lean into the climate crisis? Not just in one way, but in three. No “one size fi ...

Energy News: What’s Happening This Week
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Churches going solar, pro-coal school curricula, and more in this wrap-up. David vs. Goliath:  Residents in a Colorado city are fighting their local coal monopoly for the chanc ...